Locking out your shock does not improve cycling efficiency. Now, my sanity rebels at that notion, but that’s what Dylan found. Peak Torque, in all his geeky engineering glory, knew immediately that this could not be true. (it just can’t!) So Peak Torque took it upon himself to absolutely 100% confirm Dylan’s findings.
It’s a finding so contrary to collective colloquial cycling belief that it almost feels like a grand internet conspiracy. Especially if you have an expensive remote lock out device for your shock, I’ll bet it sounds like absolute codswallop. The more money you spend to do something the less likely you are to believe that something accomplishes nothing.
Personally, this information gives me so much cognitive dissonance that I’m almost suffering from vertigo.
Back in the day one of my club mates bought some expensive new dual-sided power meter pedals. I was super excited because that meant we could test the relative efficiency of different cranksets. To set the envelope we tested a dura ace 170mm crank against a $138 carbon crank I bought off Ali Express. I could reverse the left-side crank arm of the Chinese crank, put the heels of my hands on the end of the crank arms, and legit flex them more than 10mm. It was the floppiest crankset ever.
No measurable difference between those two cranksets. Not for a 5 minute effort. Not for a sprint. Not for a 20 minute effort. No measurable difference.
I still think we screwed the data up somehow. And I still rec spending the extra cash to get dura ace.